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The Impact of Opioids and Other Drugs in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has been working with community partners to understand the local impact of opioids and other drugs. Together with service providers and people with lived experience, HPEPH has conducted a situational assessment through focus groups and interviews to understand current statistics, barriers, and opportunities to reduce harms and help people who use drugs access support services. The resulting report – The Impact of Opioids and Other Drugs in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties – identifies a number of recommendations which are intended to reduce harms and increase access to services for those who use drugs in our community.

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If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.